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Sännetuntschi 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 900', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: K Giger, R Jäggi
Season: High summer
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Submitted By: Colin Winter on Jul 30, 2014

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Pitch six from above

Description 

Ignoring the intro pitch to access the headwall, an extraordinary, steep alpine route from start to finish, linking a series of stellar and varied cracks in a very logical line.

Never a dull moment. Perfect rock from start to finish.

Grades go at 4c, 6c+, 6b+, 6a+, 6b, 6a+, 5b, 6b, 5c - although the pure crack pitches (pitches 2, 3 and 8) will probably seem soft for those who are proficient in jamming.

For a complete topo, refer to the filidor guidebook "Schweiz Extrem Ost".

Location 

The climb begins at the north-facing base of the 3rd Feldschijen tower, about 20 minutes below the base of the pronounced west ridge.

There's nothing marking the start, but look for a pronounced recess / chimney feature. As of summer 2014 there was one colorful sling near the end of the chimney where the terrain begins to flatten out into a plateau underneath the headwall.

Descent is by abseil.

Protection 

Anchors are fully equipped (also for abseil), and the pitches typically have 2 or 3 bolts - all high quality material (rebolted in 2012).

Complementary gear placements abound. Guidebook recommends cams 1-4 double and a set of rocks. Unless you are cool to run it out a bit or backclean, it is particularly helpful to have several #2s.

Furthermore, we were not unhappy to have had a #5 to bury in the offwidth section of the crux pitch.


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Pitch six, with the splitter hand crack of pitch 8 visible above
Pitch six, with the splitter hand crack of pitch 8...
Pitch two
Pitch two
Signature pitches two and three of the route, following the pronounced crack line up the middle of the headwall
Signature pitches two and three of the route, foll...
Pitch two, from above
Pitch two, from above
Pitch seven
Pitch seven
Pitch five
Pitch five
The splitter crack on pitch eight
The splitter crack on pitch eight

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